Her career started when she was 22, with an exclusive contract for Gucci's 2000 Fall-Winter campaign. It has been 11 years since then and right now she is 33 and more than never in spotlight.
During her decade of career, Liya never had a down time. She has been cover for the American, French, Japanese, Spanish and Italian Vogue, Numero, V Magazine, Elle, between others, she has done campaign for Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Esteer Lauder and Emanuel Ungaro between many others. Not to mention the countless runway shows.
As the title of this post says, Liya Kebede is one of Vogue's favorite supermodels. In 2002 the French Vogue made a whole issue dedicated to the model, and she also featured the cover of American Vogue 3 times, including the cover with Anna Wintour chosen to be "Vogue's favorite models". She, together with Naomi Campbell, is one of the few black models to feature the Japanese Vogue.
Beside being a supermodel of success, Liya is also a philanthropist. She created the Liya Kebede foundation to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia and in the World. She is also the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
We must agree that Liya is not only a stunning beauty and an elegant figure, she is also a great human being. That is something that should be valued. It would make a lot of difference if more supermodels would also use their fame for a good cause.
Liya also has a clothing brand for women and children called "Lemlem" (it means 'to bloom' in Amharic). She founded the line to help preserve the art of traditional weaving in Ethiopia and to offer work opportunities to local artisans.
Liya Kebede is a beautiful supermodel, intelligent, good-willed and a successful business woman. She definitely deserves to shine.